Last week, the World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2022 took place in Muscat (Oman), where Porto was voted as the ‘World’s Leading City Destination’.
Considered the ‘Oscars of Tourism’, the World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence globally across all sectors of the tourism industry.
Today, the WTA brand is recognised as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
Votes for the awards are cast online by 200,000 travel industry professionals and the public from 160 countries, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.
Porto, in the north of Portugal, secured the win over cities such as Acapulco, Cancún and Mazatlán (Mexico), Bogotá (Colombia), Quito (Ecuador), Cape Town (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Las Vegas, Miami and New York (United States), Hanoi (Vietnam), Hong Kong (China), Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Queenstown (New Zealand), London (Great Britain), Lyon (France), Marrakech (Morocco) and Lisbon (Portugal).
A UNESCO World Heritage city, Porto is not only known for the port which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage that combines ancient churches and monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Church of São Francisco and modern buildings, such as Casa da Música and the Serralves Museum. It is also famed for its School of Architecture which bred names such as Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura, both winners of the Pritzker Prize.
Portugal is celebrating another triumphant performance at the international edition of the WTA, having brought home 12 major accolades. Madeira won ‘World’s Leading Island Destination’; and the Portuguese capital Lisbon was named the ‘World’s Leading Seaside Metropolitan Destination’. The stunning Passadiços do Paiva boardwalks in Arouca were hailed ‘World’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction’. Dark Sky Alqueva, the “first starlight tourism destination in the world,” was awarded ‘World’s Responsible Tourism Award’, while Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua was named ‘World’s Leading Conservation Company’.
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